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How can you safely cut down your dose of fluoxetine?

How can you safely cut down your dose of fluoxetine?

Easily with doc help: Fluoxetine has a 5 day half life in the body, which makes withdrawal problems rare, and tapering not necessary. But do do this with the advice and consultation of your doctor so that you don't risk the return of the symptoms it was helping with. Sometimes you don't realize how much a medication was helping until you lower or stop it. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Fluoxetine (Definition)

Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better ...Read more


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How do you discriminate between happiness and hypomania during prozac (fluoxetine) withdrawal? My mood and energy have been much better since tapering down my dose

How do you discriminate between happiness and hypomania during prozac (fluoxetine) withdrawal? My mood and energy have been much better since tapering down my dose

Is it adaptive ?: the discrimination is that you still have nl sleep, a normal rate of speech and that you do not appear "high" to others. Overscheduling yourself, daredevil driving, and overly generous gift giving would be early warning signs ...Read more

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What is the typical dose of fluoxetine for women?

What is the typical dose of fluoxetine for women?

Unsure: Most patients, men and women, are started on 10 mg. Per day. It is titrated on an individual basis. ...Read more

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How quickly can I increase my dose of prozac (fluoxetine)?

How quickly can I increase my dose of prozac (fluoxetine)?

Depends: Depending on why you are being treated and the form of the medication (daily vs. Weekly) as well as how you tolerate it, you may even be able to start at a "high" dose (60-90 mg). ...Read more

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How long before 3 doses of Prozac (fluoxetine) outvof system?

How long before 3 doses of Prozac (fluoxetine) outvof system?

4 to 5 weeks: Prozac (fluoxetine) has a half life of 7 days and it takes at least 4 half lifes or more to clear your body. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my Prozac (fluoxetine) dose was just increased. will I feel differently?

What do you suggest if my Prozac (fluoxetine) dose was just increased. will I feel differently?

May take time: Fluoxetine (Prozac) is an SSRI medication approved for major depression and some types of anxiety. Depending on the psychiatric condition, an increase in dose may take 2-4 weeks to have a noticeable effect, although it may be sooner. ...Read more

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How long does a higher dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) start to get into your system. (Went from 50-60 since Friday)?

How long does a higher dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) start to get into your system. (Went from 50-60 since Friday)?

Several days: Within 3-5 days I'd expect the higher dose to be stabilizing in your bloodstream. Whether or not that translates into clinical effects for the purpose your doctor prescribed it though is a different story since there may be much more lag time for the body to RESPOND to a medication or its increase than, for the substance to actually get to measurably higher/stable levels. Make sense? ...Read more

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Just wondering if you can tell me if there is an optimal dose for fluoxetine. I'm currently taking 10mg (for a year now).

Just wondering if you can tell me if there is an optimal dose for fluoxetine. I'm currently taking 10mg (for a year now).

Fluoxetine: Dose may depend on why fluoxetine is prescribed, but most people take 20mg. May need higher for ocd, or less for other kinds of anxiety alone. With depression, generally 20mg. Have used higher doses for depression sometimes too. Need to titrate for individual patient response. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

Prozac is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more